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Fees and Scholarships

Everyone has the right to a quality education, whether they can pay for it or not. That’s why we offer one of the most comprehensive scholarship programmes in the world. 

If you are interested in attending a UWC school, you should apply regardless of your financial circumstances: more than 80% of the students selected by our national committees are awarded full or partial scholarships. You could be next! 

Scholarships to attend a UWC school

Our fees and costs vary by school, but we believe that money shouldn’t be a barrier for someone with potential. This is why UWC International, each UWC school, and more and more national committees dedicate much of their efforts to raise funds that allow us to provide scholarships. That means that promising young people benefit from an exceptional education and our schools benefit from fresh perspectives, diverse cultures and backgrounds – and powerful voices. 

In order to be considered for a scholarship, you need to apply via your national committee of residency or citizenship. If you do not need a scholarship to attend a UWC, you can consider applying through the Global Selection Programme (GSP). More information on the application routes is available here

What do scholarships cover?

This depends on what places each school provides to the national committees every year. In general, scholarships can be all-inclusive, full, up to fully funded or partial. 

All-inclusive scholarships 

They cover everything: tuition, room and board, books, IB exam registration fees, curricular field trips, project weeks, visa and travel expenses (flights to/from the school and one return flight for the holiday between year 1 and 2), pocket money, and any other reasonable extra expenses to be incurred by the student.

Full scholarships 

They usually cover tuition, room and board, books, IB exam registration fees, curricular field trips, project weeks.

Up to fully funded 

They usually cover tuition, room and board, books, IB exam registration fees, curricular field trips.

Partial scholarships 

They usually cover parts of the tuition, room and board, books, IB exam registration fees, curricular field trips. 

For detailed and updated information on scholarships available through a specific national committee, please contact them directly

How are scholarships awarded?

Students at UWC are selected on promise and potential - not on their capacity to pay. As part of the selection process, national committees carry out a financial means assessment. If your application is successful, the exact scholarship amount will be determined based on your needs to ensure you’re able to benefit from a UWC education. 

In other words: Concerns around money should never hold you back from applying for UWC. If you are successful in the selections, we will do our very best to make sure you receive the financial support you need.

Costs for the two IBDP Years

Below we’ve listed the fee range for each of the 15 out of 18 schools that offer the opportunity to apply for admission through the UWC Global Selection Programme for entry in 2024 (2025 in the case of Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa).*

UWC school or college

Cost of two IBDP years

UWC Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa (Eswatini)

Between USD 30,000 and USD 50,000

UWC Dilijan (Armenia)

UWC East Africa (Tanzania)    
UWC Maastricht (Netherlands) 
UWC Mahindra College (India)
UWC Red Cross Nordic (Norway)

Between USD 61,000 and USD 80,000

UWC Costa Rica


Between USD 81,000 and USD 90,000

UWC Atlantic (Wales, UK)
UWC Changshu China
Li Po Chun UWC of Hong Kong
Pearson College UWC (British Columbia, Canada)

UWC-USA (New Mexico, USA)

UWC Thailand

Between USD 91,000 and USD 115,000

UWC schools usually collect fees in local currencies. For ease, the two-year fees are displayed in USD above. The fee level is for two years and includes tuition, room and board, books, IB exam registration fees and school field trips. Air travel to and from school, pocket money, trips during term, in some cases medical insurance and other personal expenses are usually not included.

*UWC South East Asia, UWC Adriatic and UWC Robert Bosch College are not participating in the GSP. 

Costs and scholarships for short courses

Costs for short courses vary and scholarships are often available. Both are advertised on each individual course page. Upcoming short courses can be found here.

Costs and scholarships for Younger Years

Costs for Younger Years education, offered to students ranging from 2 to 15 years old, also vary for each school and can be found on the respective school websites. Visit the Younger Years section on this page for an overview of which schools offer Younger Years provision.